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For The Natural History Buff In All Of Us

abstract: Most people have a natural fascination for the physical world. We want to learn about the creatures that populate the earth; from near or far, minuscule or gigantic. I've had the good fortune to travel to Washington DC and tour the Smithsonian Institute's Natural History Museum where there are thousands of examples spanning every classification. If you're planning a trip to the Smithsonian be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and map your tour route by order of personal priority - there's so much to see, you'll be disappointed if you run out of time or energy and miss a favorite. The good news is that a definitive new resource book has just come out on this topic titled, Natural History. It is produced for Penguin by DK Publishing and has 648 pages of exquisite photos and text beautifully bound in a handy 9.25 x 6.25 inch size. It catalogues 6,000 of earth's species from the simplest lifeforms of bacteria to minerals to plants and animals. Written and researched by a worldwide team of natural history experts and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian, it is the ultimate resource book for your home. And it will likely land a place on our "BookBuffet Holiday Gift Pick List" next month. DK has a reputation for crafting beautifully made books that are bound and stitched to make handling easy, use of quality paper stock and production values. Whether you add Natural History to your collection of resource materials on your bookshelves, keep it open on the coffee table, squirrel it away in the powder room or gift it to a budding naturalist - it's your call.


October 21, 2010



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